Back in 1980 at the age of 19 I had meningococcal meningitis.
In the previous days I felt (and commented to many friends at the time) better than I had for a long time, I had lots of energy, no headaches, no rashes or any other kind of symptom, until I woke one morning to a red pillow stuck to the side of my face, thinking I had bitten my tongue or some such thing overnight I ambled along to my doctor (Dr Popper, what a lovely name) who after a very brief examination sent me in a taxi to the local hospital in Cardiff, I remember handing the doctors letter to the nurse and then waking up 3 days later, this was probably the scariest part of all for me as I was awoken by 'something' entering the room I was in, I say something as the person was covered head to foot in white disposable garb, I don't mind admitting I screamed (well I would have if any noise had come out)and tried to jump out of bed, needless to say all I did was get my head 1/2 inch off the pillow before giving up on that idea.
From that time on I suffered with migraines for many years, reduced sensation, IBS and a number of other things that I put down to life in general, in 2001 I suffered a 3 month period of debilitating migraine storms, at that time someone mentioned that they were probably connected with the meningitis, previously to this I had been unaware of any potential long term effects.
After having spoken to a very nice lady on the helpline today I am now aware that a number of 'conditions' I have suffered over the years may (or may not) be associated.
My next step is to get a referral to sort things out and perhaps get to the bottom of questions going back over 30 years.